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Bucs coach: Chris Godwin, Donovan Smith likely out vs. Saints

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) falls on his head after he catches the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles didn’t sound too confident that wide receiver Chris Godwin and left tackle Donovan Smith would be available to play in Sunday’s game at the New Orleans Saints.

Neither player participated in practice this week after sustaining their respective injuries in Tampa Bay’s 19-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Godwin, who injured his hamstring versus the Cowboys, was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints on Dec. 19.

“He’s in play by a small margin but we’ll see on Sunday,” Bowles said of Godwin. “If I had to guess, I’d say he wouldn’t.”

Smith hyperextended his right elbow in the second quarter last weekend. Backup tackle Josh Wells likely would get the start should Smith be unable to play.

“Not out — Donovan will be close,” Bowles said. “It will be hard for him to make it, but we’ll see. The rest of the guys we’ll see on Sunday.”

The “rest of the guys” include a number of wide receivers, including Mike Evans (calf) and Julio Jones (knee).

Both Evans and Jones missed Thursday’s practice, however they were spotted warming up prior to Friday’s session. The team had yet to release an official injury report.

Fellow wideouts Russell Gage (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (knee), running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), right tackle Tristan Wirfs (abdomen) and cornerback Zyon McCollum (hamstring) were listed as limited in practice on Thursday.

–Field Level Media